A special Defense Ministry committee charged with the compensation of victims who fail to meet the standard criteria for government compensation has recently decided pay two Palestinian families in Gaza, who lost two of their loved ones in a rocket attack in 2005, before the unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the coastal enclave.
Each family is due to receive NIS 1 million ($280,000).
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During the incident in question, two Palestinians and a Chinese national were killed when a Qassam rocket fired by terrorists from the Islamist group Hamas exploded in the greenhouse they were working in.
Five additional Palestinians were also wounded in the incident, which took place in the former Israeli settlement of Ganei Tal. The settlement was situated in the southern part of Gaza before Israel dismantled its settlements in Gaza and pulled out of the area.
At the time, an IDF helicopter was alerted to the scene and evacuated the two seriously wounded Palestinians to the Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheba, with the rest being taken via ambulance.
The IDF initially believed an explosive device went off at the site, but later it was revealed to be a Qassam.
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